COLOMBO, Sept 3: Virat Kohli displayed utmost ruthlessness in both captaincy and batsmanship as India became the first visiting country to inflict a 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka with a thumping six-wicket victory in the final ODI of the series here tonight.
In one of the most lopsided bilateral contests in recent history, India have now completed a back-to-back rout after humiliating the islanders in the three-Test series.
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar�s maiden five-wicket haul enabled India to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 238, Kohli for the umpteenth time anchored a successful chase in 46.3 overs with a fluent unbeaten 110. This was his 30th ODI hundred in his only 194th game and is now jointly second highest in the list of century makers alongside Ricky Ponting with only Sachin Tendulkar (49 hundreds) ahead of him.
Kohli got able support from Kedar Jadhav (63) who redeemed himself after a couple of ducks, adding 109 runs with his skipper for the fourth wicket stand. The stage was set by Kohli and Manish Pandey (36) with a 99-run stand for the third wicket.
On a pitch that was a bit slower than the fourth ODI, Kohli adjusted his game accordingly, hitting only nine boundaries in 116 balls. Jadhav hit some delicate late cuts scoring his runs off 73 balls with seven boundaries in it.
Fittingly, the winning runs were hit by Kohli, who is now growing in strength and stature as the leader of a successful unit. The only people to miss out were comeback man Ajinkya Rahane (5), who was dismissed trying to hook a Lasith Malinga bouncer while Rohit Sharma�s lap shot off a Vishwa Fernando delivery was brilliantly caught at fine leg by Malinda Pushpakumara. However, once Kohli hit his customary cover drive to start his innings, things as usal went downhill for the Sri Lankans.
Earlier, Bhuvneshwar grabbed a career-best 5/42, effecting yet another batting collapse as India skittled out Sri Lanka for 238.
Sri Lankan batting once again promised a lot, but delivered too little losing as many as seven wickets for 53 runs after they were cruising along at 185 for 3.
A 122-run partnership for the 4th wicket between Lahiru Thirimanne (67) and Angelo Mathews (55) enabled Sri Lanka to reach a position of safety before Bhuvneshwar led the charge with his maiden five-wicket haul. Jasprit Bumrah (2/45), Kuldeep Yadav (1/40) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/36) were the other wicket takers.
Upul Tharanga (48) opened the innings with Niroshan Dickwella (2) then, and the latter was dismissed in the third over offering a simple return catch to Bhuvneshwar.
Shardul Thakur (0-48 in 6 overs) was completely off colour on the day though, and he was taken for runs by Tharanga, who hit successive boundaries off him, with the 50 coming off 47 balls. He added 26 runs with Dilshan Munaweera (4) who was dropped to No. 3, but then the hosts were jolted in the space of three overs.
Virat Kohli took a brilliant catch at mid-off going backwards to dismiss Munaweera off Bhuvneshwar in the seventh over. Bumrah then had Tharanga was caught behind in the 10th over.
It was a familiar story for Sri Lanka as the scoreboard read 64/3 after the first powerplay. Thirimanne and Mathews though defied the Indian bowling for 29.3 overs as they put on the hosts� highest stand throughout this five-match series. Their 50-partnership came off 65 balls as Lanka crossed 100 in the 18th over.
Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella c & b Bhuvneshwar 2, Upul Tharanga c Dhoni b Bumrah 48, Dilshan Munaweera c Kohli b Bhuvneshwar 4, Lahiru Thirimanne b Bhuvneshwar 67, Angelo Mathews c Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 55, Milinda Siriwardana c Thakur b Bhuvneshwar 18, Wanidu Hasaranga run out (Dhoni/Chahal) 9, Akila Dananjaya st Dhoni b Chahal 4, Malinda Pushpakumara b Bumrah 8, Vishwa Fernando not out 7, Lasith Malinga c (sub)Rahul b Bhuvneshwar 2. Extras: (B-4, LB-3, W-6, NB-1) 14. Total: (all out; 49.4 overs) 238. Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-40, 3-63, 4-185, 5-194, 6-205, 7-212, 8-228, 9-228. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9.4-0-42-5, Shardul Thakur 6-0-48-0, Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-45-2, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-40-1, Kedar Jadhav 4-0-20-0, Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-36-1.
India: Rohit Sharma c Pushpakumara b Fernando 16, Ajinkya Rahane c Munaweera b Malinga 5, Virat Kohli not out 110, Manish Pandey c Tharanga b Pushpakumara 36, Kedar Jadhav c Dickwella b de Silva 63, Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 1. Extras: (LB-4 NB-1 W-3) 8. Total: (For 4 wkts in 46.3 overs) 239. Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-29, 3-128, 4-237. Bowling: Lasith Malinga 8-1-35-1, Vishwa Fernando 7-0-40 -1, Akila Dananjaya 10-0-49-0, Angelo Mathews 3-0-14-0, Malinda Pushpakumara 10-0-40-1, Milinda Siriwardana 4-0-28-0, Wanindu Silva 4.3-0-29-1. � PTI